Offshore, dolphin fishing has been strong, while big eye tuna, yellowfin, blackfin and wahoo are being caught. Near shore, some large blues are biting, along with some false albacore and lots of Spanish mackeral. Inshore, drum, flounder and trout are being hooked. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.
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Offshore, good sized dolphin and wahoo have been biting, while some blue marlin and sailfish are being caught. Inshore, red drum fishing has been strong. Contact: Red Drum Tackle 252-995-5414, www.hatteras-island.com; offshore news, Oden’s Dock 252-986-2555, www.odensdock.com; or www.hatterasharbor.com.
Red drum are in abundance on the sound side, while sea mullet, f lounder and blue fish are biting in the surf. Contact: Tradewinds Bait & Tackle 252-928-5491, www.fishtradewinds.com; Morris Marina 252-225-4261, www.portsmouthislandfishing.com.
Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet
Red fish and trout are biting in the sound, with spooks and top dog bait being effective. Flounder, trout and drum are being hooked with live bait. Blue fish and shark are biting in the inlet. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.
Blues, Spanish mackerel, sea mullets and drum are biting near the piers and in the surf. On the sound side, sheepshead and flounder can be found. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.
Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach
Inshore and around the inlet, flounder and s peckled trout are biting. Live bait has been effective. In the surf, red drum, bluefish and Spanish mackerel are being hooked. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.
Offshore, wahoo, yellowfin, king mackerel, mahi-mahi, amberjack and cobia are being hooked. Near shore, blue fish, black bass, flounder and shark can be found. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; or www.oifishingcenter.com.
Bass are biting around 10-15 feet and are being hooked with Carolina rigs. White bass and crappie can be found around 8-10 feet and have been biting live minnows and eels, while catfish are being caught near the bottom. Water level: normal 251.5, Wednesday 251.84, full pool 264.8. Contact: Outhouse Tackle 919-217-0085; www.wmi.org.
Bass and crappie are biting at 10-14 feet with soft plastics and spinner bait. Catfish are biting near the bottom and are being caught with worms and shrimp. Water level: normal 216, Wednesday 217.30, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-362-5391.
Catfish and stripers are being caught in the creeks, while crappie can be found in depths of 15-24 feet. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 301.16, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.
Bass and crappie are biting at 10-14 feet with soft plastics and spinner bait. Catfish are biting near the bottom and are being caught with worms and shrimp. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101.
Shearon Harris Lake
Bass are biting anywhere from the bank to 20 feet and are being caught with crank bait. Crappie can be hooked around 10-20 feet and are biting minnows. Contact: The Tackle Box 919-557-8255; www.wmi.org.
(For water levels go to http://epec.saw.usace.army.mil/)